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Bowles Rocks will ban climbing if behaviour doesn’t improve

Bowles is having an issue with a with a minority of climbers. They are having increasing incidences of climbers not respecting that they are a charity for young people and will always have young children on site. The specifics are climbers that are coming into Bowles and taking apart in antisocial activities, urinating in bushes and trees and allowing dogs to run loose and uncontrolled. These actions have caused huge problems with the school groups they have had in and are threatening their ability to provide a safe environment for the young people.

They are taking a number of actions, anyone suspected of antisocial activities will be reported to the police and CCTV and number plates will also be handed over. Anyone urinating in bushes will be permanently banned from using Bowles, as will repeated offenders who refuse to control their dogs.

If the issue continues, they will be forced to taking further action which could include (at its most extreme) banning climbing when they have groups in. As this would mean no climbing for about 90% of the year and only open during a few weeks in winter, this is not an action they would like to take. They hope that a stricter approach and help from the majority of respectful climbers that this action will not be needed. Bowles would like to ask climbers to spread the word that the above behaviours are not acceptable.